Intel Master Key – Ubisoft Pick Your Game Bonus!

Hold on tight! We’ve got great news for those gearing up with a new Intel CPU, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop!

Those fine folks at Ubisoft and Intel have teamed up and this latest Intel Master Key code has some very cool games up for grabs – but you’ll have to pick exactly which ones the key will activate… which will you choose?

Via Intel: “We have teamed up with our partners to let you experience some of our best titles at no extra cost! Choose from three different Ubisoft franchises, including Watch Dogs: Legion, Riders Republic, and Immortals Fenyx Rising with your purchase of an eligible Intel® Core™ processor.”

This promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from March 23rd 2021 – August 31st 2021, or while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

The offer is split between 3 different tiers of unlocks.

Step #1 is Ubisoft Pick 1 of 3 Games

Option A: At first glance Riders Republic may look like dirt biking version of steep, but it’s got snow boarding in it too so the comparison can be more direct 😛 Really though, this game is so much more, 50 players on screen at once type stuff.

As I write this the game hasn’t actually released yet, so depending on when you’re reading this, you could be picking a pre-order.

Boasting a large world to explore, from snowy mountains to arid canyons, the gameplay zone comprised of iconic US national parks: Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, Grand Teton… all mashed up into one unique place for you to shred.

We can squad up with friends and take on downhill races, dominate maps in team vs team competitions, or challenge ourselves with player vs player modes and events. Some of best parts of the trailer look to be the mass races, with a large number of player clambering over each other to be the first across the finish line (or the last one standing…).

Looking for a massively multiplayer extreme sports game? Riders Republic is something new and fun!

Option B: Watch Dogs Legion has just enjoyed it’s first birthday and the online world is teeming with new life. Join in on a game that lets you play as well… pretty much anyone you meet while your explore a near-future London. Fight back against the authoritarian powers who want to take over, and find out who is behind the Zero-Day bombings.

The world is large and richly populated, it’s as easy to spend the night messing around playing darts in a pub as it is to do some of the games missions, and you can play this one with friends now too, there is a range of co-op mode missions to enjoy together!

With so much to offer players, and so many ways to complete the game adding to the replayability of this one, Watch Dogs Legion is probably going to be the top pick for most!

Option C: Immortals Fenyx Rising is an utterly gorgeous game set in the open world filled with Greek Gods & their mythological kin. It’s the only game on our list that can be tried before you commit thanks to the Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo being freely available to download on PC.

If you enjoy adventure platformers, this is a great pick. The quest will have you mastering the legendary powers of the gods as you face familiar beasts such as Cyclops, Medusa & Minotaur.

The game is well optimised and easy to enjoy at very high resolutions, the weapon variety and wings combine nicely to create free flowing combat and exploration.

Step #2 is Ubisoft Pick 1 of 2 Games

Option A: ANNO 1800 welcomes you to the dawn of the Industrial Age in this excellent city builder game. Will you innovate or exploit? Liberate those in need, or perhaps become the oppressor..?!

A sprawling world is yours to create and manage, you’ll be celebrated by your citizens if you succeed and scorned when you don’t. Plan efficient logistic networks, explore, settle new lands, and dominate your opponents by diplomacy, trade, or warfare.

Build an empire that will stand the test of time. This game is capable of pushing your new CPU to its limits with the huge metropolises.

Option B: Star Trek Bridge Crew was originally released as an exclusively VR experience, but now this team based Star Trek simulator is playable with or without.

Have you ever wanted serve on a Federation Starship? Well, this rather epic game actually lets you become crew or captain on the USS Aegis, a new Starfleet ship sent to explore uncharted space in search of a new Vulcan homeworld.​ As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew.

This is quite a unique game, offering players a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe. A must have for those wanting a multiplayer VR experience, and now very enjoyable without VR too.

Step #3 gives you another game named Hunter’s Arena: Legends and some DLC for that game, no need to choose 🙂 There are some conditions in which the World of Tanks in-game currency offer can’t be redeemed to an existing account, but you could always create an alt account if you really wanted.

So there we have it, that’s 3 awesome new games (at least) and some sweet extras, thanks to both Intel and Ubisoft for the sweet new bundle!

Timed rather nicely with the 11th Gen Intel CPU release, this offer is available for limited time and only on certain models, see the latest in the Intel Store.


SIGN UP! VALORANT AOC RISING HEROES eSports event starts March 27th!

It’s called AOC RISING HEROES, it’s an online gaming event for New Zealand + Australia gamers and the entry is free – so it’s a a good time to get together with friends and play to win!

For those who have been thinking about getting into esports this is a really good event to start off with. The Valorant game is free to play, it’s a competitive 5v5 tac-shooter. If you’ve enjoyed CS:GO, Overwatch or Paladins previously it will feel familiar. The characters are called Agents in this one, and your special powers will depend on which one you choose, use them to create new opportunities and let your gunplay shine.

Valorant can be downloaded via (12GB download)

Don’t worry if the timing doesn’t fit and you’re unable to play in this one, the event will be streaming on Twitch & YouTube too, watching competitions is great for learning good tactics for the next one 😛

In this event players will compete in teams of five, you can also have subs & coaches but there are limits (see the event rulebook for more info).

The first stage of competition consisting of three open double elimination qualifiers each qualifying four teams to the swiss stage.

The event qualifiers begin on March 27th, with another two on April 10th & finally April 17th.

Sign up for the event here =

Once qualifiers are completed, the best of Australian & New Zealand Valorant players compete with each other, the eSports competition proper is set to begin on May 8th with the final playoffs ending June 6th.

It’s not all about glory and good times though, this event also has a prize pool of gaming monitors, mice, keyboards, headsets and more from the top chaps at AOC & HyperX!


Good Gaming Headset – HyperX Cloud II Wireless!

Most PC gamers will know the Cloud II Gaming Headset, either by owning one themselves or knowing someone that does – they were an instant hit when they first release almost six years ago and since have lived in various best gaming headsets lists around the web, while enjoying more YouTube reviews than any other headset we’ve seen before or since… extremely well rated is an understatement.

The new Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset looks almost identical to the original wired Cloud II headset, HyperX have removed the cable and added 2.4GHz wireless for excellent range and quality over a fairly large area, good for a trip to the fridge and back while queuing for a dungeon.

Improvements include over a day’s worth of gaming from one charge and wireless freedom to step away from your screen, but not the entertainment.

The frame looks the same, it’s made of aluminum metal still with the molding foam headband and red stitching, just like the Cloud II. With the microphone attached the Cloud II wireless weighs in at 309 grams, 300 grams without, to be compared with the wired version at 350 grams with and 320 grams without. The Cloud II wireless are extremely comfortable.

The sound is powerful and clear, great for gaming, listening to music or watching movies, the detachable, noise-cancelling microphone combined with wireless will no doubt have using the Cloud II wireless more than the wired version. 

Inputs wise the Cloud II has a on/off button, USB Type-C port for re-charging (a short Type-A to Type-C cable is included), and a very smooth infinity scrolling volume roller plus quick mic mute button, enough to keep us happily keeping us out of the settings and in the game.

The USB dongle gives access to using the HyperX NGEUNITY software suite on PC to control a few simple settings, such as toggling the virtual 7.1 surround sound.

Is the HyperX wireless good? Yes! The Cloud II Wireless is easily as good as the wired Cloud II until it runs out of battery (roughly 30 hours later).


AMD RX 6700 XT coming to NZ this March!

UPDATE: See the latest RX 6700 XT Graphics Cards at PB Tech NZ

The new RX 6700 XT graphics cards are set to release in New Zealand on Friday the 19th of March at 2am. That’s right folks, AMD have officially announced the new RX 6700 (XT) graphics cards, showing FPS tests and revealing specifications in another “Where Gaming Begins” special event.

The fun stuff really begins 236 seconds in, following an AMD intro filled with big numbers, and many pats on backs, which comes to a head with BIG NAVI reveal.

The new RX 6700 (XT) Graphics Cards are set to replace the RX 5700 series, and compete with the RTX 3060 / 3070 graphics cards performance wise, so we’re expecting good things. AMD revealed a performance comparison during the presentation showing FPS gains in Assassin Creed Valhalla + Dirt 5, losses in Watch Dogs Legion and Gears 5, along with a few others and more marginal ups and downs – the most important one is likely Call of Duty: Cold War, which is sure to have plenty of benchmarks appear online closer to launch 😉

AMD then continued on to show the potential FPS upgrades for those who own an RTX 2080 Super, and it was a good reminder about the significant performance boost we’re getting out of all the latest graphics card releases.

At a glance the new RX 6700 XT looks great, with new HDMI 2.1 for those gaming on fancy new TVs, and that beautiful AMD cooler design, now with dual fans.

– 2 Slot Design
– 3x DisplayPort
– 1x HDMI 2.1 (4K 120Hz + 8K 60Hz ready)
– 12GB GDDR6 (192Bit like the RTX 3060)
– 230w Board Power (1×8-Pin + 1×6-Pin)

The 12GB memory is like what we’ve just seen from Nvidia and their RTX 3060, and AMD continues to explain the move by showing the memory used by Call of Duty: Cold War, Dirt 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption 2 while 1440P gaming at max settings – crazy high!

The presentation continued on showing lots more about AMD Ray-Tracing and some absolutely beautiful examples of these fancy lighting features in action. showing short segments on how Radeon Anti-Lag aims to make gaming more responsive, and AMD FreeSync makes gameplay smoother,.

AMD wrapped up but showing a massive range of aftermarket cooler designs from ASRock, Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSi, Sapphire and more too – all looking utterly awesome!

Now it’s just a short wait for the new options to release, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the mighty AMD Store & Custom Gaming PC Builder for the latest!

GGPC March 2021 with Logitech G!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the March event winner Jim S!

Throughout March 2021, if you got yourself a Good Gaming PC you could register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig. Doing this also put you into the draw to win Logitech G Grand Prizes.

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for March 2021 was an awesome gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear.

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
Logitech G332 Gaming Headset
G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!


Intel Bonus Fortnite Surf Strider & more!

UPDATE: Offer extended until June 30th 2021

For a limited time, get yourself selected Intel CPU, or Gaming PC featuring these, and you can register to redeem a super sweet Intel software bonus!

This offer is valid from November 3rd 2020 – June 30th 2021, or while code stocks last, the unlocks include a Surf Strider skin to use in Fortnite + matching Wavecrest Pickaxe and Sky Sail Glider.

This offer is available on the massive range of Intel CPU, Desktop PC and even Laptops, see all the eligible Intel Software Bonus CPU options at PB Tech NZ.

Claiming your Intel Software Bonus is a little different from the usual Master Key system, so we won’t need a special code to enter for this one.

Once you’ve got your awesome new Intel CPU, follow these steps to redeem:

Important note: There is a verification tool required for the activation process, so register/redeem using the PC that has your eligible Intel CPU installed.

– Go to
– Sign-in or create an Intel Digital Hub account.
– Once your account is activated, log in and click Redeem Offer.
– Select No for “Do you have a Master Key?” and select Not Listed for your retailer.
– Follow the steps to scan your PC and verify your Intel CPU is eligible, once that’s done the your dashboard will be updated with new options.
– Complete a short Intel survey.
– Select Fortnite and follow on-screen instructions. Once you’re done, the Splash Squadron Set will be added to your Epic account and become available in game!

It’s that easy! Once you’ve registered and redeemed your also get access to a bunch more editing software freebies, subscriptions and extras to check out too – all thanks to Intel!


Intel Master Key: Total War Troy with selected Intel I5, i7 and i9!

UPDATE: Offer extended until May 30th 2021

For a limited time and while code supplies last, get yourself an Intel CPU from a select range, or custom PC featuring these, and you can register to redeem an Intel Master Key which unlocks a bundle of gaming and editing goodies!

This promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from December 1st 2020 – May 30th 2021, or while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Quick links below to our favourite Intel CPU options!

Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
Intel Core i9

The big game in this new Intel Master Key bundle is a truly epic adventure game, but Intel have packed in more awesomeness too!

TOTAL WAR – TROY SAGA: A new Total War Saga game: TROY is the first entry in the award-winning series to focus on the legendary 20-year conflict between the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenaean Greece, now known as the Trojan War, set against the striking backdrop of the Bronze Age Mediterranean.

Combining Total War’s unique blend of grand, turn-based empire management and spectacular real-time battles, TROY explores this epic conflict from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives – peeling back the layers of myth and legend to reveal the realities that may have inspired them. Play as one of eight famed Heroes, and fight to conquer or protect the legendary kingdom of Troy.

EURO TRUCK SIMULATOR 2: Come with us and travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits. If you’ve got what it takes to be part of an elite trucking force, get behind the wheel and prove it!

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES – BATTLE FOR NEIGHBORVILLE: Kick some grass in Plants vs. Zombies, the wackiest shooter yet! Unearth 20 fully customizable character classes at launch in one social region, three free-roam regions, one PvE mode, six PvP modes, including Battle Arena, and more!

REMNANT – FROM THE ASHES: The world has been thrown into chaos by an ancient evil from another dimension. As one of the last remnants of humanity, you must set out alone or alongside up to two other survivors to face down hordes of deadly enemies to try to carve a foothold, rebuild, and retake what was lost.

That’s not all that this Intel Master Key unlocks, there is also a couple of neat graphic design programs and a short 1 month Origin Access subscription offer too – check out the Intel Master Key promotions page for all the info, and the form to register and redeem your codes.

Nvidia RTX 3060 Available now in NZ!

The new Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards is set to be released on February 26th at 6am here in New Zealand, with awesome new options in a wide range of aftermarket cooling designs from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte available on day one with more to come!

Being a 30 series RTX GPU, this new 3060 is super powerful, as we’ve come to expect from this latest generation of graphics cards, and the first options also have a rather massive allocation of memory at 12GB running with a 192-bit memory bus – that’s more and less than the just-released RTX3060Ti, which has 8GB at 256-bit, we’re unsure if/when other memory options are coming.

That aside the RTX 3060 is a very exciting graphic card with slightly lower spec’s than the Ti version across the board, and thanks to those relaxed power requirements and great performance, it’s sure to be extremely popular. The RTX 3060 is geared to support the latest Nvidia feature sets, including Broadcast for streamers and NVIDIA Reflex for high FPS gamers, which is even more exciting now with some of the compatible mice, such as the Logitech PRO X Superlight, being released already.

Looking at the base specs we see the RTX 3060 packs in 3,584 cores, with its base clock from Nvidia showing 1.32GHz – it’s going to be very interesting to see how far EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte can push this default spec up! If the mighty Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3060 Elite shown above is any indication of what we can expect – it’s going to be quite the race.

On the other end of the spectrum, we see the EVGA RTX 3060 cooler design for their black series is looking super cool too, suitably dark and low key in comparison!

Oddly, these are also looking to be the first new RTX 30 GPU that Nvidia hasn’t shown a Founders Edition for, so it’s going to be interesting to see if those might come a bit later with other memory configuration, but that’s just speculation at this point.

You can check out all the latest RTX3060 options as soon as they become available (6am, early Friday morning here in NZ) in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech.